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Monday, December 3, 2018

DA: Lawson Review Will Likely Take Another 4-6 Weeks

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 3:57 PM

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Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming says her office will need another month to six weeks to complete its review of the David Josiah Lawson homicide investigation to determine what — if any — charges are appropriate in the case.

The Arcata Police Department completed its investigation into Lawson’s April 15, 2017, stabbing death and turned the case over to Fleming’s office Nov. 8. The district attorney initially indicated her office would need “several weeks” to review all the submitted reports and recordings before deciding how to proceed.

In an email to the Journal on Sunday, Fleming wrote that an initial review of the case file revealed her office would need “additional existing documents and materials” from APD, which it received Nov. 30, as well as “additional information from other agencies that participated in the investigation. (Fleming declined to share details on what additional information was requested and from which agencies in an effort to “protect the investigation.”)

“We continue to gather and evaluate information,” she wrote. “I anticipate four to six additional weeks to complete the process, assuming we receive additional needed information in a timely manner.”

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Storyteller 'Carpathian' Pleads No Contest in Sexual Abuse Case

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 11:27 AM

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The man whom many knew as the local storyteller “Carpathian” has pleaded no contest to sexually abusing a child and is facing up to 16 years in prison, according to the Times-Standard.

The paper reports that John Beideman, who worked as a Humboldt Superior Court records clerk, is set to be sentenced Dec. 14. The plea, which comes with a minimum potential sentence of six years, was reached as a jury for his trial was in the process of being selected.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Judge Recommends Revoking Licenses for Sidelines, Toby & Jack's

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 11:57 AM

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An administrative law judge has recommended that the California Bureau of Alcoholic Beverage Control revoke the liquor licenses for two longtime Arcata bars, Sidelines and Toby & Jack’s.

Judge Alberto Roldan’s recommendation, handed off to ABC this morning, comes after a four-day hearing held in late September surrounding allegations of widespread narcotic sales at the two establishments. ABC now has 100 days to adopt or reject Roldan’s proposed decision. If ABC opts to follow through with the license revocations, Salvatore “Sal” Costanzo and his son Michael, owners of the Genco Olive Oil Co. that holds the liquor licenses for both establishments, would have 40 days to bring the matter before the ABC Appeals Board.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Lawson Case in DA's Hands, Initial Review Likely to Span Several Weeks

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 12:24 PM

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Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming confirmed this morning that the Arcata Police Department has officially submitted its investigation into the 2017 stabbing death of David Josiah Lawson to her office for review.

“We have received all the reports,” Fleming wrote in an email to the Journal, adding that an initial review revealed that there are outstanding “documents and recordings” that APD still needs to turn over.

Lawson, a 19-year-old sophomore at Humboldt State University, was stabbed several times — including once to the heart — at an off-campus party on April 15, 2017, and died a short time later at Mad River Community Hospital. A suspect, Kyle Zoellner, of McKinleyville, was arrested at the scene and charged with Lawson’s murder, but the charge was soon dismissed by a Humboldt County Superior Court judge who ruled there was insufficient evidence to hold Zoellner to stand trial on the charge.

Last week, Interim APD Chief Richard Ehle told the Journal his department was wrapping up its investigation — which was bolstered in recent months by additional resources and outside detectives — and he believed investigators had found “unequivocal physical evidence” linking a specific suspect to Lawson’s death, though he declined to name the suspect or describe the evidence. Further, Ehle said the investigation was almost entirely focused on Lawson’s homicide and not whether any other crimes were committed that night.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Update on Courthouse White Powder Incident

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 4:45 PM

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The white substance found smeared on the outside of the county court clerk’s office was not identified as a “chemical or biological agent” in initial tests but more will be conducted by an out-of-town lab.

One person did come into contact with the powder-like material, prompting “precautionary measures” to be taken, according to a release from the county. The FBI was also contacted.

“So far, there have been no reported symptoms of concern from this incident,” the release states.

The discovery of the substance around 9 a.m. Monday led to I Street being shut down between Fourth and Fifth streets and Humboldt County Court Clerk’s Office was closed for the remainder of the day due to “public safety concerns.”

Find previous Journal coverage here.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Guilty Plea in Teen Girl's Meth Overdose Death

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 1:39 PM

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A Rio Dell man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Monday in connection with the death of a 16-year-old girl who died of a methamphetamine overdose while partying at a Eureka hotel in February of 2017, according to the Lost Coast Outpost.

Tavin Dee Evans, 20, is expected to be sentenced to three years in county jail with the understanding the prosecution can argue for the maximum time of four years but that the defendant would be able to take back his plea if the longer term were imposed by Judge Dale Reinholtsen, the Outpost report states.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Public Defender's Office: New Trial Denied Despite 'Conclusive Evidence' of Jury Misconduct

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 7:43 PM

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The Humboldt County Public Defender’s Office contends that Jon David Goldberg, who was sentenced this afternoon for the murder of a Fortuna volunteer firefighter, was denied a new trial despite “conclusive evidence” of jury misconduct.

A press release by the Humboldt County Public Defender’s Office also states that visiting Judge Graham Cribbs closed proceedings on the matter over defense objections, which were “based on the belief that one of the primary reasons we have open courts is to ensure transparency in our system, and that transparency is essential to the protection of due process.”

”Unfortunately, the public did not get to see any part of a proceeding in this case that dealt with a crucial aspect of due process, the right to a fair and impartial jury,” the release states.

Goldberg was sentenced to 15 years to life for fatally shooting Timothy Smith outside of his Rohnerville Road home Sept. 26, 2016, shortly after finding out that the 42-year-old father of two had an affair with his wife.

Read more about today’s hearing here.


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UPDATE: Judge Denies New Trial, Sentences Goldberg to Prison

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 5:14 PM

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Visiting Judge Graham Cribbs sentenced Jon David Goldberg to 15 years to life in prison this afternoon for the murder of volunteer Fortuna firefighter Tim Smith but struck down a firearm enhancement that would have added 25 years to his term.

He handed down his decision after denying Goldberg’s petition for a new trial following a week of essentially conducting “a trial within a trial,” in which 11 of the 12 jurors were questioned about their conduct in the case to probe defense allegations of misconduct by panel members.

The judge also gave a 15-minute soliloquy about overseeing the trial, including how much he enjoyed his time in Humboldt, saying, “it’s mind-boggling to think things like this can happen over something ... I would say was foolish” and several versions of the sentiment that “we are all human beings, we all have failings.”

Goldberg was found guilty in March of fatally shooting Smith outside of his Rohnerville Road home Sept. 26, 2016, shortly after finding out that the 42-year-old father of two had an affair with his wife, a situation Cribbs made veiled references to in his courtroom address.

The Humboldt County Public Defender’s Office contends that Goldberg was denied a new trial despite “conclusive evidence” of jury misconduct. Read more here.

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Judge Sentences Goldberg to 15 Years to Life, Denies New Trial

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 3:38 PM

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Visiting Judge Graham Cribbs sentenced Jon David Goldberg to 15 years to life in prison this afternoon for murdering volunteer Fortuna firefighter Tim Smith but struck down a firearm enhancement that would have added 25 years to his term.

He handed down his decision after denying Goldberg’s petition for a new trial following a week of essentially conducting “a trial within a trial,” in which 11 of the 12 jurors were questioned about their conduct in the case to probe defense allegations of misconduct by panel members.

The Humboldt County Public Defender’s Office contends that Goldberg was denied a new trial despite “conclusive evidence” of jury misconduct. Read more here.

A press release by the Humboldt County Public Defender’s Office also states that Cribbs closed proceedings on the matter over defense objections, which were “based on the belief that one of the primary reasons we have open courts is to ensure transparency in our system, and that transparency is essential to the protection of due process.”


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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Teen Stabbing Suspect to Be Tried as Juvenile Under Bill Signed by Brown

Posted By on Sun, Oct 14, 2018 at 10:20 AM

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The murder case against a 15-year-old accused of fatally stabbing another teenage boy in the Ocean View Cemetery on Aug. 9 will continue in the juvenile court system after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law last week that prohibits charging individuals as adults if they were younger than 16 at the time of the accused crime.

As reported by the Lost Coast Outpost, a hearing had been scheduled for next week on whether the teen suspect, who is charged with murder, should be tried as an adult in the death of 16-year-old Brandon Brocious. His mother Lorna Leen is also charged with murder and both have pleaded not guilty. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in the case and obtained by the Journal, Brocious was stabbed during a confrontation with the suspect and his mother over a stolen cell phone. During the argument, Leen reportedly held back a teenage girl who was with Brocious while her son stabbed him.

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